SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – An inbound pass found the Piscataway Chiefs’ Kendrea Williams behind the three-point-line with just two seconds left, as she launched a buzzer-beating shot through the net to win the game 55-54 Tuesday night.
“It was a great game back and forth,” Piscataway Head Coach Dave Kosa said following the match. “We got down in the beginning and (South Brunswick) always upped the lead.”
The Vikings came out strong in the first period, outscoring the Chiefs 14-4, then increasing the lead to 28-11 by halftime.
Amber Brown and Natalia Louhisdon each had 15 points to lead the South Brunswick offense, followed by Gillian Chambres with 12 points, including two three-pointers, on the night.
The second half proved to be a different story with Piscataway scoring 42 points in the final two periods compared to South Brunswick’s 26.
Williams led the Chiefs’ onslaught with 24 points, hitting four free throws, four field goals and four from outside, and the last taking the game away from the Vikings.
“We played tough. We kept hanging in there,” Kosa said. “We kept believing.”
Piscataway’s Allieria McCoy scored 12 points of her own and pulled down 12 rebounds to keep the Chiefs close late in the game.
Slowly, South Brunswick saw its lead dwindle from double-digits to four at several points in the late going.
The Vikings continued to make shots, however, to pull a bit farther away several times in the late third and fourth periods.
Chambres nailed two foul shots with 15 seconds to go, putting the home team up by five as time started running out for the Chiefs.
Piscataway came back with a couple foul shots to drop that lead to just two points with two seconds left in the game.
It was the final inbound pass that found Williams, setting up the game-winning shot as time expired and the Chiefs took to the floor to celebrate.
“They (Piscataway) are champions,” Vikings Head Coach Jeff Johnson said. “They have won two or three county tournaments. They don’t believe they are not going to win.”
Johnson said his young team is “working to get to that point” and have the right attitude for 32 minutes playing the way they need to.
“We handled the (Chiefs) press,” Johnson said. “You just have to be lucky sometimes.”
Piscataway is now 7-2 and South Brunswick is 6-2.
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